By Zach Steinhorn
Monday, April 1 - 5:32 PM
Who said that my Tout Wars team was lacking in steals? Well, I did. I guess I overlooked the fact that Jhonny Peralta is my starting MI. This guy can flat out run, and if he continues at this pace, he will finish the year with an MLB record 162 swipes! OK, I'm obviously kidding. But seriously, who would've thought that I'd get my first steal of the season from Peralta? I'm going to jot this down, just to make sure that 181 days from now, when the 2013 campaign comes to a close, I won't forget. One of the cool things about Opening Day is tracking the box scores, seeing batting averages like .750 or .667 and knowing that it's all a tease. Sample size, sample size, sample size.
Monday, April 1 - 7:46 PM
A-Ram isn't A-OK
Who said that drafting Dan Uggla for $16 was my biggest Tout Wars mistake? Well, I did. That was before he took Cole Hamels deep in his first at-bat of the season today. Like I mentioned in my full draft recap, using OBP instead of AVG boosts Uggla's stock, as a woeful batting average is his major detriment. As for OBP, the Braves' second sacker won't help you but he also won't hurt you. And as today proved, he can still rack up the counting stats. Maybe drafting him will prove to be my best Tout Wars move. I know, I'd be foolish to overreact after only one game, but I was equally crazy to overreact after zero games. Sample size, sample size, sample size. Oh yeah, I said that already.
Wednesday, April 3 - 11:08 PM
When it comes to managing my fantasy squads, I can be way too hard on myself. I still remember the time when, on the final day of the 2004 season, my decision to pitch Paul Byrd in one of my leagues cost me a spot in the standings, as the veteran righty, at the time a member of the Braves, got hammered by the Cubs at Wrigley. Or the time early in the 2010 season when I picked up an unproven hurler by the name of Mat Latos, inserted him into my lineup for a favorable road matchup against the Marlins and watched in disgust as he got shelled. I dropped him the next day, and he was scooped up by another owner soon after. As it turned out, Latos would finish that season with a 2.92 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 189 strikeouts.
On the other hand, I can't seem to remember the great moves I've made over the years. I'm sure there were a few. But I'll remember today, and I have the Tout Wars mid-week replacement rule to thank. Even though Tout is a weekly lineup league, if one of our players lands on the DL, we are allowed to immediately substitute them with a player from our bench. So when Ryan Ludwick was officially placed on the DL this afternoon, I plugged Franklin Gutierrez into my lineup, and what does Gutierrez do? He hits a home run. As a Tout rookie last year, it took me some time to fully grasp all of the unique rules, and there's no way I would have been on top of this on the third day of the season. But I'm no rookie now.
Saturday, April 6 - 4:15 PM
For some reason, I've always been afraid to draft Aramis Ramirez. Sure, he's been extremely consistent over the course of his career, but I just couldn't shake off the fear that another injury was right around the corner. After all, he played an average of 103 games from 2009-2010. But when the bidding on Aramis stalled at $15 at our Tout draft this year and I still needed a starting third baseman, I couldn't help but blurt out "16," and Ramirez was mine. Listen, he had played in 149 games in each of the past two seasons, so maybe the injury label was unfair. Maybe he could stay healthy one more time and put up his typical .300-25-100 line.
Apparently not. Today, the Brewers placed Ramirez on the 15-day DL due to a sprained knee, and I'll now be forced to throw away precious FAAB dollars on mediocre waiver wire fodder. One week and I'm already scrambling.
I forgot how annoying fantasy baseball can get.
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